Reservoir Fishing Access Project

In 2014 the State Government committed to investigate the potential for recreational fishing access at up to five offline SA Water reservoirs to improve recreational fishing opportunities in South Australia.

The initial investigation included the Warren, Bundaleer, Baroota, Tod and Hindmarsh Valley reservoirs. Beetaloo Reservoir and Aroona Dam are currently being investigated.

The State Government established a Reservoir Recreational Fishing Taskforce to oversee the project and allocated $400,000 for minor infrastructure to support recreational fishing access around the reservoirs.

The project will help boost recreational fishing opportunities for South Australia’s 277,000 fishers, particularly in the state’s regional communities.

Reservoir status

Warren Reservoir

Now open with a permit from Recfish SA – which is available at Upgrades are underway to increase recreational fishing access including from the shore and kayaks. The works are expected to be completed by October 2017.

Bundaleer Reservoir

Expected to open in spring 2017.

Tod Reservoir

Expected to open following the completion of a SA Water’s dam safety upgrade. 

Baroota and Hindmarsh Valley Reservoirs

Have not received full community support, therefore access will not be granted at this time.

Beetaloo Reservoir and Aroona Dam

Shore-based recreational fishing is currently being investigated. A six week consultation with the local community to fully understand the potential of these reservoirs as recreational fishing destinations has closed. The Minister will now consider the feedback from the community. Thank you to those that participated within the consultation process.

View concept maps of the potential shore-based recreational fishing access at Beetaloo Reservoir:

For more information read the Beetaloo Reservoir frequently asked questions, Aroona Dam frequently asked questions or visit the SA Water website.

To be involved in the consultation contact the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Project Coordinator Gary Frost on (08) 8124 4872, or email A decision on access will be announced during 2017.